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Is a Arduino the future?

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Is a Arduino the future?

Postby bobsbeer » Fri Apr 04, 2014 22:20

My Arduino has arrived. :D I was rather surprised how small it was. But having read how versatile and powerful these little gizmos can be, I thought I would take the plunge. I have to admit I am a little daunted, but as they are so cheap I figured I would take a chance and dive in. For those that don't know what a Arduino is, it's a little bunch of electronic bits and bobs on a small card that is more correctly called a Microcontroller, purposely made to be cheap and accessible for the masses. However to fully release the potential you do need to learn a bit of basic programming language and have a basic knowledge of electronics. Or at least be willing to learn, as in my case.

Anyway I did manage it get it to work, and as all the code for these is open source, I even managed to get an led to blink. :thumb: Although I quickly realised that I was lacking knowledge, and even that was an understatement when it comes to electronics and computer language. I am old school, slide rule and slate. Even scientific calculators are way beyond my abilities. :grin: So I quickly went online and purchased Arduino for Dummies, a very appropriate title for me at least. So having got all the bits out of the box, that would have looked more at home in Dr Who's Tardis I packed them all away and started to read.

I do have a goal. The plan it to let the Arduino control the HLT heating, measure the required liquor into the mash tun by opening a valve and shutting it again. Then control the pump and measure the flow into the boiler. Measure the sparge liquid as well. If I can achieve that I will be a happy. There are other things this little gizmo can do. But as yet I haven't figured out what. The potential seems limitless.

I ordered the medium starter set which comes in a plastic box with a bunch of stuff to play with and hopefully learn. But be warned it does not come with instructions.



And the contents. The Arduino is top right next to the mug.

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